The Texas Rangers finished up with a 93-69 (57.4%) record during the regular season, which had them in second place in the A.L West, 1 game behind the A’s. They then got knocked out of the playoffs in the Wild Card Game by the Orioles. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Rangers in 2012, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Adrian Beltre - Sure, Josh Hamilton had better overall numbers, but he faded down the stretch. Beltre was solid all the way through the 2012 season for the Rangers. He played in 156 games for the Rangers last year and he was 194 of 604 (.321 avg, .921 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 36 homers, 102 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
Best Pitcher: Matt Harrison - 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Matt Harrison was a horse for the Rangers last year, working 213 1/3 innings. He pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Harrison was the true ace of the starting rotation in 2012.
Biggest Surprise: Robbie Ross - 23-year old rookie lefty reliever Robbie Ross came out of nowhere, to really give the bullpen a boost. He pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He gave up 55 hits and 23 walks in 65 innings pitched while whiffing 47 batters, and those are some pretty impressive numbers.
Biggest Disappointment: Roy Oswalt: The Rangers signed 34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Oswalt early in the season hoping that he would give the rotation a boost, but he was a huge bust. Oswalt pitched in 17 games (9 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Oswalt gave up 79 hits (11 homers) and he walked 11 batters in 59 innings pitched while whiffing 59 batters. Oswalt still throws hard but it just didn’t look like his heart was into it in 2012.